2 workers die in factory blast

2012-01-20 10:25

Durban -Two people died in an explosion at a factory in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday, East Coast Radio reported.

Firefighters found the building on Brooklyn Road in flames shortly after midnight.

"They spent about three hours battling with the blaze that had already spread to the top of the chemical technologies factory," said Justin Bateman of the eThekwini fire department.

He told the radio station that it was not known whether the two workers died from the explosion or as a result of inhaling chemicals and smoke.

"We knew there were occupants in the factory... and we got into the building upon arrival, but the two had already died at that time," Bateman said.

"The cause of the fire is not known and it will be investigated."

Water affairs and pollution control officials were assessing the air quality at the scene on Friday morning.

The factory's management could not immediately be reached for comment.

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